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  • Tom Maybrier

    There is a savage beauty to Kowloon. For all its problems, I have always thought that Kowloon was a fascinating experiment in what humans are capable of tolerating in a living space.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Interesting what happens without govt regulation: "Was its organic evolution an example of what all cities would look like without functional Government participation – a kind of Mad Max world of only self-regulated norms and limits? Without romanticising the reality of the Walled City, it also limited the negative, forming a proto-government, using unwritten laws instead of written ones, and to a significant extent functioning as a true democracy (certainly a true market economy). It grew more workable in a practical sense as it became internally integrated. Its coherence, which may not have been obvious but was understood by its inhabitants, increased as its social, spatial, economic and, yes, architectural interdependency grew, and it matured into a fairly functional community machine. It was by then a truly indigenous physical entity, which is why it has fascinated architects and urbanists for so long."